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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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Plagued by scandal, the Kirchner administration cannot end soon enough for many Argentines.

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The scandal involving Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras poses a growing threat to President Dilma Rousseff’s government.

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The prospect of a gold rush for American businesses in Cuba has generated support for the plan to scrap the US embargo.

 

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A man walks past near an image of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana December 27, 2014. Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba. Reuters

For Obama to salvage his new Cuba approach, his team will have to develop and implement an actual strategy that measures up to his rhetoric without letting down American interests and ideals.

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People line up to buy basic products at Dia Dia supermarket in Caracas February 3, 2015. Venezuela said on Tuesday it has temporarily taken over 35 stores belonging to the "Dia Dia" supermarket chain on charges it squirreled away food to stoke public exasperation over widespread shortages. President Nicolas Maduro has alleged that a greedy business elite is hoarding goods and engineering long queues by closing check-out counters in a bid to sabotage his socialist rule. Reuters

If Washington were to publicly sanction known human-rights violators, as Congress has mandated, it might prevent Venezuela’s slide toward bloody repression.

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With new laws passed by the Obama administration “normalizing” our relationship with Cuba what will change for the people of Cuba?

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A government supporter who is against a protest by the Ladies in White (not pictured), a group made up of female family members of imprisoned dissidents, holds a Cuba flag in Havana December 10, 2014 Cuban police detained several activists during peaceful demonstrations at a popular Havana square on Wednesday, an annual protest on International Human Rights Day. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Although President Obama’s new approach is being touted as an historic shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, all of the measures implemented thus far, serve to reinforce the status quo—legitimizing and benefiting a regime that has a 55-year track record of opposing change.

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Touted as a historic shift in US-Cuba relations, ironically, the Obama administration’s latest initiatives serve to reinforce the status quo — legitimizing and benefiting a regime that has a 55-year track record of opposing change.

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